We Are Wednesbury

Design by a pupil at St Mary’s Primary School. Made during a workshop led by artist Emily Warner as part of their project Digital Postcards, delivered during the Wednesbury HSHAZ Pilot programme, High Street Stories, 2020.

There’s lots of changes happening in, and around, Market Place that are part of the Wednesbury High Street Heritage Action Zone.  Between now and January 2024, Multistory will deliver ‘We are Wednesbury’, a cultural, community engaged programme is being developed with, and for, local residents, communities and artists.  Multistory is producing a series of creative activities that celebrate the people and stories that make Wednesbury unique and the people of Wednesbury are invited to take part.

Throughout the next three years, expect to see performances, community events, a street festival, projects with schools, craft stalls and community walks animating the streets of Wednesbury.  Multistory will launch the programme in December 2021 with the project Market by artist duo Hipkiss & Graney who will run a series of free textile workshops that invite Wednesbury residents to explore the town’s stories and histories, with work to be shared at a community-led celebration of the refurbished Wednesbury Clock Tower.  Alongside this, look out for plenty of other activities in the run up to March 2022, including Market Place events, an open photography competition, live performances in shops and a project that celebrates the diverse languages, cultures and dialects of Wednesbury. 

For each of the three years, there will be a Hi-Street Community Newspaper and eight young citizen journalists aged 18-25 will be invited to write pieces that shares stories from the high street.

A summary of the activities taking place between December 2021 and March 2022 is listed below.

  • Wednesbury Through the Lens: a photography competition for everyone.  You can send in photographs that you have taken of your favourite people, places, food, building – anything that you think makes Wednesbury unique. More details on our News page.
  • Clock Tower Project: a community-led celebration of the refurbished Wednesbury Clock Tower, with new art project ‘Market’ by artist duo Hipkiss & Graney. There will be a series of fun, free textile workshops to explore Wednesbury’s stories and histories!
  • Hi-Street Newspaper: Multistory is looking for 8 young citizen journalists aged 18-25 to write pieces for a new, community newspaper that shares stories from the high street. Get in touch if you have a passion for writing or talking to peple about their lives.
  • Market Place events: are you a Wednesbury artist? Are you a crafter? A maker, up-cycler or a musician?  Get in touch if you’d like to run a stall or perform at an event.
  • My Hi-Street Shop: a project that shines a light on independent shops at the heart of Wednesbury high street through performance and art created in the shops with local artists and creatives, to take place in December, 2021.
  • A Street Full of Dialect: local storytellers and performers will take part in a project that celebrates the diverse languages, cultures and dialects in Wednesbury to create a short film.
  • Community walks: local artists and creatives will leadaccessible and inclusive walks around the conservation area and high street, to share histories and stories about Market Place and the high street.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved so email wearewednesbury@multistory.org.uk to find out more.

The High Street Heritage Action Zone Community Engagement and Cultural Programme is funded by Sandwell Council and Historic England and is being developed by Multistory.